M.A. Philosophy

University of York

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,532 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,233 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This master's course offers the opportunity to acquire the core knowledge and skills necessary to engage in philosophical research. As such it is an ideal preparation for doing a PhD in Philosophy. The MA in Philosophy may be pursued as a one-year, full-time course or a two-year, part-time course. It offers an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to engage critically with contemporary philosophical issues.

The course is taught by the Mind editorial team: Tom Baldwin (Ethics), David Efird (Philosophy of Mind and Language) and Tom Stoneham (Metaphysics and Epistemology). Additionally, both Tom Baldwin and David Efird have won Vice Chancellor's Teaching awards for 2006.

The MA Seminar

The MA Seminar is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of the core areas of Philosophy. The Seminar consists of three modules:

* Metaphysics and Epistemology

* Philosophy of Mind and Language

* Ethics

The Seminar in Research Skills

The Seminar in Research Skills is designed to provide students with a grounding in the skills necessary to contribute to contemporary philosophical debates. The seminar is taught in two terms: in the first term, students learn how to analyse and present advanced research papers; in the second term, they acquire the skills necessary for determining and surveying the resources relevant to a particular research topic, and present their research to colleagues.

The Project

The Project gives students experience in approaching a well-defined philosophical problem. The project topics are taken from staff current research interests. Under the guidance of a specialist in the area, they apply the knowledge gained in the taught modules and the expertise acquired through the Seminar in Research Skills.

The Dissertation

As an application of the core knowledge, skills and experience gained in the previous stages of the course, the Dissertation enables students to produce a sustained piece of critical writing on a topic of their choosing. A member of staff with expertise in the relevant area will provide supervision.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course is taught by seminars and individual or small group tutorials, permitting students and staff to systematically explore complex issues at the forefront of Philosophy.



Seminars and individual or small group tutorials.

Credit Structure

* Metaphysics and Epistemology (20 Credits)
* Mind and Language (20 Credits)
* Ethics (20 Credits)
* Seminar in Research Skills (10 credits)
* Project (20 credits)
* Dissertation (90 credits)

Assessment Structure

* Metaphysics and Epistemology (12.5%)
* Mind and Language (12.5%)
* Ethics (12.5%)
* Project (12.5%)
* Dissertation (50%)

Admission Criteria

Normally upper second class honours or equivalent in an undergraduate Philosophy degree


Normally, a good first degree in Philosophy is required for admission to the MA in Philosophy.

English Language Requirements

The University's absolute minimum English language requirements are:

* IELTS:6.5 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing, 6.5 in Reading, 6.0 in Listening and 6.0 in Speaking.*
* TOEFL: paper-based 550/ computer-based (CBT): 213/ internet-based (iBT): 79
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: A, B, C
* Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: A

*In all cases, 8-week pre-sessional English language course at York recommended in addition to language score

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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